Pune: This is the first time in the history of Maharashtra that a tornado-like situation was officially recorded in the state, according to a Center for Citizen Science (CCS) scientist.
In a ‘never seen before’ phenomenon, a tornado-like storm was witnessed in Maharashtra’s Ranmala village. Tornadoes, also known as twisters, are frequently observed in foreign countries like United States, Australia, South America, some parts of Africa and southeast Asia. The life-threatening storm is also common in neighbouring Bangladesh post-monsoon season.
After the funnel shaped wind column subsided there was intense rainfall said the CCS team, and over 100 mm of rain was recorded in an hour or so. Though confusions were prevailing over the type of the storm, a video showing a column of air moving upwards from the ground has gone viral on social networking sites.
The eyewitnesses from Ranmala village near Nazre dam, who captured the storm on camera are still awestruck by the arrival of this giant storm in the locale.
The CCS scientists, after primary analysis say, the duration of tornado was 90-120 seconds, covering a radius of 800 to 1000 metres. Anything in the path of the tornado like metal covers of motor pumps and tin roofs of cattle shelters were flown away but no damage to property was reported.
Meanwhile, a group of CCS scientists, led by senior meteorologist Dr JR Kulkarni rushed to the spot and analysed the circumstances to come to a decision.
A three member team of CCS, lead by senior meteorologist Dr JR Kulkarni, analysed the phenomena by visiting the location within the 24-hour limit of the event. To conclude their inspection, Dr Kulkarni and his team put the tornado at F0, on the Fugita scale of F0 to F5. The Fugita scale is used by scientists in order to measure tornadoes, based on damage to life and property.
The team collected data about the duration, path and the intensity of the tornado-like phenomenon and further conducted a survey to understand the type of the storm. They also collected pictures and videos from the local residents.
Going by the primary analysis, the tornado lasted for about 90-120 seconds, covering a radius of 800 to 1000 metres. Anything in the path of the tornado, like metal covers of motor pumps and tin roofs of cattle shelters, were flown away.